Electives in Pokhara

Nursing Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Nursing Electives

On this clinically-focused placement in Pokhara, you’ll see communicable diseases like diphtheria, TB, and typhoid. Bites from tropical insects and snakes are common too. You can rotate through familiar departments like surgery, OBG, paediatrics and orthopaedics, but because the country’s healthcare system has such limited resources, practices and treatments will differ from what you’re used to. In the obstetric theatre in the OBG department, nursing students can observe procedures like, myomectomies, laparotomies and hysterectomies. You can also get experience in other niche areas like neonatal intensive care or even leprosy rehabilitation.

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Medical Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Medical Electives

In Pokhara, you can see communicable diseases including diphtheria, TB, and typhoid. In general medicine, you can learn from a team of consultants specialised in heart disease, GI systems, kidneys, joints, immune and endocrine disorders…. The list goes on. There is also a clinic for pulmonary and diabetic patients in which you can gain experience. Time in the OBG theatre allows you to see how local surgeons approach myomectomies, laparotomies and hysterectomies. Beyond all of the above, you can gain insight into much less familiar areas like leprosy rehabilitation, obscure skin conditions, rheumatic fever, and worm infestations.

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Midwifery Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Midwifery Electives

You’ll get amazing experience in the maternity ward if you do your midwifery elective here. You can split your time across the 'First Stage Room' ( the observation room), a 6-bed delivery room, a neonatal unit, and a postnatal, preeclampsia and eclampsia unit. The delivery room gets busy — it can see up to 30 births a day. Most births are straightforward, but there’s every chance that you’ll see breech births, malpresentation, and birth asphyxia. The hospital runs an antenatal clinic too, and that sees hundreds of women a week. These numbers are thanks to the government's Safe Motherhood Programme that encourages pregnant women to use hospitals more.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Physiotherapy Placements

Do a physiotherapy placement in Pokhara and you’ll see a huge range of cases. Strokes, degenerative disorders, soft tissue injuries, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injuries, post-amputation rehabilitation, pain management, and delayed developmental milestones to name a few. You can get experience in the inpatient and outpatient departments.

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Medical Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Paramedic Science Electives

On your paramedic science elective in Nepal, you will see some major differences when compared with back home. A lack of patient privacy, extremely limited infection control and how doctors take patients’ socioeconomic circumstances into account when making a diagnosis. If a patient you’re assisting with goes to theatre, you can follow and observe. The hospital only uses ambulances in serious emergency situations. For example, if a patient needs life support while being transported, during critical labour, or in the event of mass casualties.

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Radiography Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Radiography ELECTIVES

It might surprise you to see that even though it’s under-resourced, our partner hospital’s radiography department can perform a huge range of diagnostic imaging. This includes MR angiography, venography, spectroscopy, sinography, tractography, SWI, Fistulography, fluid flow quantification, and MR mammography. Of course, the department offers X-rays too. While there is a lot of equipment, most of it is dated. Unlike in the UK where we have 64-slice CT scanners, the CT machine in our partner hospital is only capable of 4 slices. As there is only one CT scanner, when it breaks, patients simply can’t get scans until it’s fixed.

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Pharmacy Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Pharmacy Electives

There are two main dispensaries here. One services inpatients, the other services outpatient prescriptions. You’ll help dispense medicines, shadow doctors to gain insight into patients’ medication plans. If you’re interested in pharmacovigilance, you can spend some time in the dedicated unit to see how local specialists detect, assess, and prevent side effects of the drugs they prescribe. You can even shadow doctors on ward rounds to find out how they build patient treatment plans.

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Dentistry Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Dentistry Electives

In Pokhara, you get to see how local dentists tackle things like gum disease, maxillofacial trauma, and cleft lip and palate repair, even when resources are at the minimum. You’ll be in a busy dentistry department and get experience with procedures like fillings, root canals, and scaling. You can also see how things are done over in dental radiology, with X-ray machines used to image and diagnose a huge range of oral conditions. The department has an orthodontist and an endodontist, so you could get some experience with procedures like brace fittings and root canal treatment.

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The Work The World House

Spending time in the Work the World house is a significant part of your experience in Pokhara, and acts as your home from home. You'll live with healthcare students from all over the world, and this gives the house a friendly social atmosphere.

The location of our house gives you the major advantage of being within walking distance of Lakeside — Pokhara’s backpacker hotspot.

Fringing the beautiful Phewa Lake you’ll find laid-back bars, live music, a diversity of restaurants, paragliding and whitewater rafting tour agencies, coffee shops, used book shops…. You name it.

The house itself has plenty of space for both socialising and spending time alone. From the roof terrace, you have unobstructed views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, which need to be seen to be believed.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our team in Pokhara will take you to see your placement hospital before you officially start. The aim is to introduce you to department staff, including your supervisors, helping you find your feet. The support you get from the in-country team doesn’t end there. They will also visit you while you’re on placement. This is to ensure everything is running smoothly.

We also assign your in-hospital supervisors before your placement starts. If you’re proactive, they’ll offer you perspective on the local healthcare system that you can get only from a local practitioner.

We cover all bases, supporting you throughout your clinical placement in both a structured and ad hoc manner.

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Prices

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Nepal Pokhara

£940 £1090 £1240 £1390 £1540 £1690 £350

*Prices above are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK

In addition to your main placement in Pokhara, for one week you’ll have the chance to become part of a rural village family up in the Himalayan foothills. In the mornings you’ll spend time in a health outpost treating villagers with even fewer resources than the hospitals have. The afternoons are all about getting to grips with local culture, customs and community. You’ll be accompanied by our guide and you can get involved in things like bread making, trying out traditional clothing, hiking to Hindu temples, taking part in cooking lessons, and visiting village schools.

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OUTREACH

"Through all of these new experiences and knowledge that I gained, I also got to know myself a lot better than before."

Hiva Hamzavizarghani, University of Manchester 2019

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"I got to watch lots of interesting cases such as a salivary gland stone removal"

Abbie Colley, Dundee University 2019

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"There was routine use of prescription drugs to augment labour, and routine episiotomies".

Jessica Annett, Hull York Medical School 2018

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"During the month I spent in Pokhara, I made unforgettable memories with amazing students from all over the world."

Jack Gilbert, Robert Gordon University 2018

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"This trip has boosted my confidence not only within a clinical setting but also in travelling alone."

Hannah Mainprize, Northumbria University 2018

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